We review MyPhone’s Infinity 2!
Ever since we posted our initial impressions of MyPhone’s Infinity 2, many of our readers gave us a piece of their mind regarding the phone’s pricing. At Php 12,800, it’s certainly not a phone that you can call affordable, especially since it’s already going up against international heavyweight ASUS and their Zenfone 2. But as we found out in the past few days, specs aren’t everything and some people may just be swayed by beauty rather than brains.
MyPhone Infinity 2 specs
- 1.5GHz MediaTek 64-bit octa-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 5-inch HD AMOLED display, 1280 x 720
- 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD
- 13-megapixel rear camera, Sony sensor
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB-OTG
- 2450mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Php 12,799
A stunner, no matter how you look at it
There’re many words you can describe MyPhone’s new flagship, but ugly isn’t one of them. Simply put, the phone is STUNNING. It’s one of the nicest looking phones from a local brand we’ve seen this year. The phone sports a beautiful magnalium body, and while it doesn’t utilize a unibody construction, the overall build quality is so good that you’ll barely notice the small seam joining the two halves of the phone together. The top and bottom edges of the phone are chamfered, which adds another layer of eye candy to the overall design.
Aside from being one of the nicest looking phones from a local brand, it’s also one of thinnest too – at just 6.8mm the Infinity 2 is as anorexic as they come, though the curved sides of the Infinity 2 allows for a firm grip on the phone without it digging into to your hands. The top of the phone contains the 3.5mm jack with the USB port located on the bottom. The Infinity 2 has its speakers located on the bottom rather on the back, which does wonders for audio clarity and overall volume.
The Infinity 2 is one of the few locally branded devices to bring an AMOLED display to the fore. Like we said in the initial impressions, the AMOLED display of the Infinity 2 is slightly oversaturated, but that’s not a big issue. Aside from the color saturation issue the display is stunning – extremely bright and crisp. People we showed the phone to couldn’t believe that the device only had an HD screen, as the quality of the panel is really something else.
You’re getting Android KitKat 4.4 with an unknown UI layered right on top of it with the Infinity 2. We’re not exactly sure what this UI is – the only thing we’re sure of is that it strips your app drawer and lays all the apps out in the open. We’re definitely not liking the UI, and we even saw a bug in Waze that we’re sure was caused by the UI (the same garbled screen bug that we saw on the M1 Note).
Performance that’s worthy of a flagship
The Infinity 2 sports MediaTek’s MT6752 64-bit processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. While the processor brings decent AnTuTu numbers (and good gaming performance even with heavyweight titles like WWE Immortals) its synthetic benchmark scores are far lower than its closest competitor, ASUS’ Zenfone 2. In fact, the scores of the Infinity 2 are also lower than the bang for the buck devices of international brands that are priced lower.
And therein lies the rub. The main source of criticism for the Infinity 2 is its relatively high price and its rather mid-range performance. And that’s true – the Infinity 2 does have lower performance (at least in the CPU side) compared to the other phones of international brands. The thing is that’s not everything, and, for the most part, the processor on the Infinity 2 does a good job keeping everything nice and smooth.
Good camera performance
MyPhone’s Infinity series have had good cameras so far, and the Infinity 2 is no exception. Photos are clear, crisp and full of detail, even in low-light. While the Infinity 2 doesn’t a have a fully manual mode, it does have a pro mode that comes close to full manual controls.
Probably the only thing we can complain about the camera is the way it focuses and takes photos. Typically in a camera app you’d press the screen to focus, then push the button to take a photo. The Infinity 2 focuses the camera then takes the photo with a single button press, which may not be ideal to people who are used to the old way of taking snaps.
Battery that’ll get you through the day
The Infinity 2 uses a sealed, non-removable 2450mAh battery. Initially, we were afraid that the phone wouldn’t last a single day, especially since MediaTek’s processors are notoriously bad at power management, but we were wrong. A single full charge can get you through the day with a teeny weeny bit left when you get home. Granted it’s not the almost two-day battery life of other phones, but we are talking about a device that’s only 6.8mm thin, so we’re putting the battery life on the win column.
Verdict: could’ve been a killer phone if priced just a little bit lower
MyPhone’s Infinity 2 is a victim of timing. If the company released the device at the beginning of the year, they may just have found their next big seller. The problem is that there’s a lot of competition at the price range it’s playing in from international brands (ASUS, Alcatel, Huawei, and Lenovo) to divert attention from their next big thing. If you compare its hardware to its rivals, then the MyPhone Infinity 2 loses, and badly – the Zenfone 2 alone already wins, hands down.
But a phone isn’t just about specs. If you compare the Infinity 2’s overall aesthetics and design, then nothing else comes close to it. It’s a truly beautiful phone and photos just don’t do it justice, and you really need to see and feel one to appreciate its design. Unless you’re someone that prioritizes beauty over brains, then the Infinity 2 may not just be for you.
The MyPhone Infinity 2 retails for Php 12,799.